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With Spring Break rapidly approaching the prospect of warm weather, concerts and parties can be a major distraction for many college students. At Mexico’s Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Sur (University of La Paz in English), however, five deserving pupils remain laser-focused on their studies. That’s because each realizes the special opportunity they’ve been giv-en and are committed to taking full advantage of it. Last October the Bisbee’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Fund announced the names of five Los Cabos students who were awarded full scholarships to the prestigious institution in La Paz to study and pursue careers in marine conservation. The grants were awarded in partnership with the Green Scholarship Program, a non-profit effort dedicated to improving the prospects for students in the Baja California Sur region. The five recipients are Guillermo Vallarino Orozco, Ingrid Burgoin Diaz, Genesis Quevedo Hernandez, Andrea Murillo Cisneros and Nicte Ciau Saavedra. All are currently pursuing their academic goals thanks to the all-inclusive support. “Our mission is helping the students of Los Cabos achieve their dreams,” says Pat Pratt, founder and board member of the Green Scholarship Program, which was started in 2006. “These scholarships will educate the students and prepare them for better jobs and better opportunities. Through the support of the Bisbee’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Fund, these five deserving students are now preparing for future conservation careers in the Baja Peninsula, which is heavily dependent on eco-tourism and the region’s unique natural resources.” In addition to the full four-year tuition, the Bisbee’s scholarships pay for books, transportation and enrichment classes to help each student succeed. “Our goal is to enrich each student as a total individual,” Pratt explains. “So in addition to their regular classes, we also offer English and life-skills courses, including interviewing techniques, networking and budgeting so each one can land a good job and really help make a positive impact on the region.” Pratt says the scholarship application process is extremely competitive and there are more BISBEE’S CONSERVATION JOURNAL Q1/Q2 • 2016 17


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